Despite continuing to play like a worthless gump in New York’s 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jets head coach Rex Ryan wrongly intends to stick with embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez rather than inserting Tim Tebow to give the team an opportunity to compete.
“I think Mark’s our guy,” said Ryan, 49, who drafted Sanchez with the fifth overall selection out of the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2009 NFL Draft. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”
With Tebow, a talented athlete who regrettably throws like a glorified version of Corky Thatcher, peering over his shoulder, Sanchez has amassed substandard stats of 10 touchdowns, in comparison to eight interceptions, for 1,736 yards over eight contests.
Most concernedly for the 25-year-old Sanchez, who has tossed 65 scores, in contrast to 59 picks, for 10,945 yards in 55 career starts, is that he’s connected on a pathetic 54.9% of his passes.
By far, the greatest quality for a signal-caller to possess is accuracy and Sanchez is flatly the most erratic passer in the league today.
In stark opposition to the mediocre regular season numbers compiled by the 6-foot-2, 225 pound Sanchez, the 2009 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player award winner has flourished in six career playoff games by throwing six touchdowns, to only 3 interceptions, for 1,155 yards and a 60.5% completion percentage.
Hence, the Mexican-American, who is tied for the second most postseason road victories by an NFL field general at four, has the potential to perform beautifully in the swamps of Jersey.
Regardless, it’s Sanchez’s fourth year and the word “potential” can no longer be used.
Following a bye-week break, the Jets (3-5) will face the Seahawks (4-4) on November 11 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Considering Gang Green has an absolute dearth of offensive weapons, Ryan has an obligation to supplant the bush league Sanchez with the 25-year-old Tebow.
Granted, Tebow, a southpaw who completed a paltry 46.5 percent of his 271 pass attempts for the Denver Broncos in 2011, is not exactly akin to Johnny Unitas and his skills, and lack of conventional abilities, are questionable.
Nevertheless, with a similarly unimposing roster, the winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy led Denver to a 7-4 record and willed the mediocre Broncos to a stunning 29-23 victory in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 playoffs.
Although embarrassing to admit, the Jets hierarchy must finally acknowledge they banged the pooch with the former Trojan and attempt to save their season with Tebow at the helm.
Unless delusional, Rex Ryan cannot be “confident in Mark” and “I don’t think there’s any doubt” that Tim Tebow remains the Jets lone hope this autumn.by